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 ALUMNI MENTORING PROGRAM

MENTOR EXPECTATIONS AND GUIDELINES:
 
  • Be a CSULA graduate
  • Be a current CSULA Alumni Association member
  • Complete and submit the Mentor Application
  • Schedule and complete the Mentor interview
  • Complete and sign the Consent Form
  • Submit a copy of your resume

MENTOR BASELINE GROUND RULES:

  • Be willing to share information about yourself and your experiences that can assist your mentee as he or she explores career options and makes career decisions
  • Be willing to share industry expertise and professional resources [such as search firms, web sites, professional meetings] that can assist your mentee in becoming more knowledgeable in his or her chosen area
  • Be diligent with respect to communicating changes in availability and the need to reschedule mentoring sessions

FOR MENTOR AND MENTEE:

  • Treat all information exchanged as confidential unless both parties agree it can be disclosed to others

The CSULA Mentoring Program is not a job search, resume posting, job board, or personal dating service. This program will in no way, form, or manner try to replace the existing services provided to alumni and students by the University Career Development Center.

CSULA alumni and students who sign up to participate in the Mentoring Program will be required to honor the criteria listed above and the regulations found in the CSULA Mentoring Manual.

 
APPLICATION PROCESS:
 
To get started, click on the banner and complete the application:

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ADDITIONAL MENTOR INFORMATION

 
WE RECOGNIZE YOU ARE EXCEPTIONALLY BUSY.
  • A "good" mentoring relationship for the purposes of this program will probably consist of a number of email exchanges or phone calls over a several months period of time or longer.
  • If you will be on campus within the coming year, or if your mentee will be in your area, a face-to-face meeting is encouraged although not expected

WE ASK THAT IN YOUR INITIAL CONTACT WITH YOUR MENTEE, YOU DISCUSS AND AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

  • Brief overview of your and your mentees background
  • The goals and expectations for the mentoring relationship
  • Your preferred form of communication phone, email; set times or spur of the moment; mentee contacts you directly, or goes through an assistant; the best time and place to reach you (home or business), etc.
  • Expectations with respect to preparation for each conversation
  • Expectations with respect to time commitments and constraints

SAMPLE TOPICS AND ICEBREAKERS:

  • Background and experiences
  • Time management, organization suggestions
  • Career goals and dreams short-term vs. long-term
  • Making career decisions when others are involved (e.g. spouse, family)
  • Career path options
  • Ways to acquire/strengthen industry expertise [professional associations, periodicals, web sites, meetings]
  • Resume and cover letter content tips (note: we recommend that all resumes be professionally reviewed by the University Career Development Center)
  • Networking resources and strategies
  • Interviewing tips
  • Internship and job search strategies in a particular location, industry or
    functional area
  • Offer evaluation and salary negotiation
  • Transitioning from school to work
  • How the mentee can prepare to be a successful leader in their desired
    field/pitfalls to avoid

Good mentoring requires good listening by both parties

A FEW LISTENING TIPS:

  • Show interest
  • Be open
  • Let your mentee know when your time is limited
  • Ask open-ended questions (that result in more than "yes" or "no" answers)
  • Ask clarifying questions that encourage the menteet to fully flesh out his or her thoughts
  • Avoid distractions (such as emailing while talking on the phone)
  • Be empathetic, especially when challenging your mentee to think or behave differently
  • Be willing to offer feedback at the appropriate time

One of the most important roles you can fulfill for your mentee is offering constructive feedback. Because of the depth of your professional experience, you will have instant credibility with the student, and they will be willing to listen to and learn from you

A FEW GIVING FEEDBACK TIPS:

  • be direct and straightforward
  • be non-judgmental
  • be candid
  • be specific, focused, and timely
  • be non-personal [focus on a behavior, not on the person]
  • encourage the mentee to take responsibility for his or her own actions
  • all feedback given in the context of a mentoring relationship should be work or job- related
  • deal with behaviors or actions, not people or personalities
  • be fair, professional, and balanced
  • offer help, support, suggestions
 
Note: Our privacy policy prohibits using alumni mentors contact information for commercial, political, or solicitation purposes. Violating this policy, the criteria listed above or the guidelines found in the Mentoring Manual will result in forfeiting future access and participation on the Mentoring Program without an explanation.
 

For more information, contact James Cuaresma at (323) 343-5828 or email him at jcuaresma@cslanet.calstatela.edu.

 
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